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It’s late September and with the arrival of autumn so the weather has taken a serious turn for the worse. Highs seas, stormy skies and rain have flicked a switch to end summer and already the winter jackets have been unfolded from the wardrobes.
The historic Old City of Dubrovnik today was a mixture of locals going about their business between the showers and tourists, although few and far between, soaking up the sights in the changeable weather.
The forecast for the weekend is for mixed weather with more rain and storms on the way. In fact, the City of Dubrovnik announced an extreme weather warning today, and you might be able to notice in the video below that the drain covers on the Stradun are upturned. Presumably this is to allow more rain water, or quite possibly flood water, to drain away. But if you are walking the Stradun please keep your eyes peeled and don’t come a cropper.
Hundreds and thousands of tourists were unable to experience Dubrovnik this summer, so why not take a virtual video walk through the heart of the old City of Dubrovnik with our video.
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Given the announcements from the State Hydro Meteorological Institute about heavy rain and thunderstorms in the wider Dubrovnik area, which has already affected other parts of Croatia, the City of Dubrovnik has ordered the utilities and emergency services to be on a high level of readiness to carry out all possible interventions in a timely manner.
According to the forecasts, the weather in Dubrovnik today will be extreme, with gale force winds, intense and long-lasting precipitation followed by thunder and storms. These weather conditions can lead to torrential floods.
- Due to all the above, citizens are warned of increased caution and are recommended to act in accordance with the instructions of the competent services – state the City of Dubrovnik.
In the last 24 hours, 6 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
These new cases include two men and one woman from Dubrovnik (an epidemiological link has been established for one man), one woman from Ston and Opuzen and one woman from Metković (an epic link has been established).
Eight people have made a full recovery - three from Dubrovnik, one each from Metković, Ploče and Župa dubrovačka, and two people who do not reside in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
There are currently 17 people, tested positive for Covid-19, hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, and 2 people on a ventilator.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,574 samples have been analysed.
There are 380 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 there are no identified cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.
In the last 24 hours, 223 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 1,226. Among them, 273 patients are in hospital, of which 22 are on a ventilator. Unfortunately, five people have passed away in the past 24 hours due to the virus.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 15,795 people have been infected, of which 266 have died. A total of 14,303 people have recovered, 192 of them in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 8,898 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 284,449 people have been tested, of which 5,414 were tested in the last 24 hours.
Food glorious, food! The seventh Dubrovnik Good Food Festival opened yesterday, Thursday September 24.
In the morning a workshop was held on the preparation of traditional desserts, which was held at the Deša Association, and featured the nutrionist Mirna Sarić.
In the evening, a concert was held by Ines Tričković with her sextet called "Runjić in Blue". The program included hits by one of the most beloved Croatian songwriters and composers, Zdenko Runjić, and each visitor enjoyed handmade treat pralines by Mrs. Biljana Milina from Pupnat.
The traditional Restaurant Week in Dubrovnik has begun as part of the Good Food Festival and local Dubrovnik restaurants have prepared special menus at promotional prices.
More detailed information about the program and the offer for Restaurant Week can be found here!
35,000 three-layer medical protective masks were donated on today to children's and general hospitals and clinical hospital centres in the Zagreb area by the German company Bauerfeind, the leading distributor of medical equipment in the region.
With this donation, as announced Bauerfeind, they wanted to show care and gratitude towards health professionals who have been successfully fighting the coronavirus epidemic since day one.
The donation was received by CB Merkur, GH Zabok, Clinic for Children's Diseases Zagreb, Children's Hospital Srebrnjak, Children's Hospital Gornja Bistra, Sestre milosrdnice and KBC Zagreb.
The director of the Clinic for Children's Diseases in Zagreb, Goran Roić, pointed out that protective equipment wears out very quickly, and donated masks will be used by visitors, as well as medical staff who, he said, go through hundreds of masks every day, up to tens of thousands a month.
Dubrovnik has featured in one of the most popular newspapers in the UK in an article entitled “Dubrovnik as it once was – an empty wonder that’s worth the quarantine.”
When the British government decided to take Croatia off the safe corridor travel list at the end of August the number of UK tourists dried up almost overnight. Spending 14-days at home in self-isolation after returning home from a holiday on the beach in the Adriatic proved to be too much of a barrier. Destinations that are traditionally popular with British tourists, such as Cavtat, Mlini and indeed Dubrovnik, saw hotels empty and restaurant seats collecting dust. However, a few travellers decided to take the 2-week isolation in their stride and jump on a plane to Dubrovnik anyway. “I have never seen Dubrovnik so empty and yet so calm and at peace before,” commented a couple from Manchester who added that “We’ve spent almost six months at home so another two weeks in exchange for a holiday of a lifetime seemed like a good deal.”
The Telegraph published an article yesterday by the journalist Mary Novakovich with a headline that very much echoes the voices of the British tourists who have visited the city this summer. Novakovich came to Dubrovnik and the island of Mljet this summer in a press trip organised by the various Croatian tourist boards, including the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
During her stay in Dubrovnik, Novakovich also met with the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, who stressed that Dubrovnik is one of the safest Mediterranean destinations for British tourists, that the figures for Covid-19 are extremely favourable and that Dubrovnik should have a special status in the UK market in relation to other parts of Croatia.
And Franković commented on the article in The Telegraph that “In the last few months, a large number of the world's leading media have been highlighting Dubrovnik as a city worth visiting, even during quarantine. I am convinced that articles like this are a great pledge for the 2021 season, from which we all expect a lot.”
The Dubrovnik Times caught up with Mary Novakovich after her stay in Dubrovnik and you can read the full interview here.
In the last 24 hours, 232 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 1200. Among them, 266 patients are in hospital, of which 24 are on a ventilator.
Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours four people have passed away due to the virus.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 15,572 people have been infected, of which 261 have died. A total of 14,111 people have recovered, 296 of them in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 9,329 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 279,035 people have been tested, of which 5,351 in the last 24 hours.